HUNDREDS of Britons are facing the demolition of their homes after thousands of licences were deemed illegal in Cuevas del Almanzora.
According to town hall sources, the licences, which were granted for homes built in 2003 under the so-called ‘Consolidated Urban Land’ project, have now been declared null and void.
It comes following the leak of confidential documents that show that the town hall, led by the PP party at the time, was not authorised to consolidate urban land.
Officials had, in fact, been ordered by the courts to stop building, but decided to ignore the ruling.
The future of the homes – up to half of which are owned by expatriates – now hangs in the balance.
Opposition PSOE councillor Miguel Fernandez told the Olive Press: “What will the citizens who acted in good faith think when they now find that their homes are not legal?”
There may however be a glimmer of hope for at least some of the homes affected.
Fernandez added: “We expect the Junta to approve an amendment to the PGOU town plan which means many of them will be legalised by the backdoor.”
Mayor Jesus Caicedo has yet to speak publicly on the matter.
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